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February 23 , 2010

Headhunters on Parade



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Adventure [con Glosario en Español]

Esta edición tiene por objetivo hacer la tarea de leer los clásicos de la Lengua Inglesa más fácil, así adicionamos al libro un glosario con las definiciones en Español de muchas de las palabras presentes en el texto original. Para ver el significado de una palabra basta clicar en la misma!…

Headhunters, is that what they´re called? We talking about some African tribe? Are these Headhunters the ones who slice off human heads, boil them, and shrink them down to display on the tip of a spear? Of course, we´re not talking about those type of headhunters.


Instead, we´re referring to the army of human creatures scattered about cities of advanced western nations wearing sign on their back: JOBS, ANYBODY WANT JOBS. These creatures also go by the names of Recruiters, Executive Searchers, Placement Professionals, Employment Counselors, HR Counselors, and other similar titles.There are also many pejorative terms by which they´re referred, mention of which would insult delicate women and children, and so they shall be avoided.

  Seeking delightful monetary reimbursement off the sweat of ordinary citizens, these white collarprofessionals are out there, day after day, residing in rented, dimly lit offices, searching for heads, and then placing those heads upon the coffee-tables of money-making corporations in the sky.

I know them. Seen these headhunters through every spy glass, and have gotten to understand their moral navigational procedures. These headhunters have been parading before me for 35 years, years in which I´ve been a professional seeker after a rectangular buck made of green paper. Had plenty of jobs, twenty, thirty, jobs like toilet paper rolls flushing down countless toilets. Jobs of every description, working for bosses of bosses of every description. Have been there and done that. Near the end of each job, the headhunter appears with a list of new jobs that will bring me to another false paradise.


Yes, I know them like an acclaimed theologian knows his bible. Headhunters, the young and old, male and female, pushers, the shovers towards the weekly salary and their cut of it. These headhunters, the first line of defense for the modern corporation. Headhunters, heroic defenders of what?Defenders in defense of corporations of the world in their quest to control that world. Headhunters, screening candidates, testing and quizzing them, and maybe passing them on to big business that are growing like brain tumors on growth hormone. 


Headhunters, pursuing the almighty buckwith an appetites forhuman brains and talent.As long as they get their commissions and fulfill their bounties, they are happy. There are many of them who sprout like seeds, in the cracks in the concrete. Yes, there are legions of them, and they compete in an ever growing arena for the same resources. Headhunters, servants of corporate human resource department, the teeming multitudes of them. always seeking to serve and fill a void for the big and powerful.


  Headhunters, do they really have faces and hands and legs and torsos?Do they really have families and wish and dream like the rest of us? Are they really human?They are. Where do they come from? They are John and Mary Public who get out of university without marketable skills and turn to headhunting as a last resort. A career it’s said, and it happens so fast. They give you a desk and a list of names, promise you commissions, and off you go into the wild blue yonder. At first it´s tolerable. Then, it sours over time. The money dries up. You burn out from all the pressure. As quickly as you came, you go, to be replaced by other desperate people just emerging from universities. The few who remain are the strong, the lucky, and the smart, the sneaky and the manipulative. They make their money but lose their souls in the process.

The short stories in Headhunters On Parade provide a first hand look at these headhunters and the agencies that employ them. Whatever, you may say, one thing is clear, these headhunters have distinct stories that can both educate and entertain.



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